There have been some questions around whether or not you can use Microsoft FrontPage with Windows Server 2008 and IIS7, which is one of the platforms included with our new Premium and Professional hosting plans. While you can use FrontPage on the new platform, you need to keep in mind you will not be able to use all the features.
FrontPage can use a simple FTP connection to manage your files, and this will work with IIS7. FrontPage can also be used as an HTML editor, this will also work with IIS7. This means that you can use FrontPage to construct simple HTML pages and upload them on IIS7.
FrontPage also has a number of forms and features which require FrontPage Server Extensions to function, the extensions will not run on Windows 2008 server with IIS7. This means most, if not all, of the snap-in features will not work. This includes guestbooks and themes for example.
The main point of confusion we see comes from the changes in the file structure on the servers. On our older Windows 2003 servers when you connected to the server, your default folder was your root. On the newer Windows 2008 servers this is not the case. On the new servers you need to have all you web pages in the wwwroot folder.
You can make a simple change in FrontPage and set it to use the wwwroot folder by default. To do this open your local site in FrontPage, click on File, then click on Publish. This will open the remote web site publishing window. Here you want to change the remote server type from FrontPage to FTP.
Next enter the remote web site location, which is your domain name, then in the FTP directory box enter wwwroot and click on OK. You will now be asked for your username and password, and you will then be connected to your server where you can transfer the web pages.
In my next post, I will be discussing various alternatives to FrontPage for use with Windows 2008 hosting accounts.
SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc.